Glory to Jesus Christ ! Glory Forever !
Rector: Right Reverend Wesley Izer
Vice-Rector: Very Reverend Joseph Hutsko
Deacon John Montalvo III
Deacon James Danovich
Deacon Michael Melnick
Deacon Michael Bezruchka
Welcome to St Stephen Byzantine Cathedral website. We are part of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix.
St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral
Our schedule of Divine Liturgy is on the left column. Our calendar of events (including fish fry information) can be seen on the Events page.
Want to learn more about the Eastern rite of the Catholic church? See our History of the Church page and Education page.
We have a large hall with catering services available on site. If you are interested in more information, go to the catering page.
We welcome your interest and questions you may have about our church, facilities or issues of faith, feel free to contact us via our contact us page, email or phone.
Our services of Divine Liturgy fulfill your Sunday obligation to attend Mass.
THE MYSTERY OF BAPTISM
Christ declared that to enter into the kingdom of heaven one must be born again “of water and the Holy Spirit.” John 3:5. Baptism is a re-birth, the giving of a new life. By Baptism we are made sharers in the life of God, “partakers of the divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4. In Baptism we also die to sin and rise up to a new life. “What the cross and burial were to Christ, Baptism has been to us. He Himself died and was buried in the flesh, but we have died and been buried to sin. If you have shared in death and burial, much more will you share in the Resurrection and the Life.” Saint John Chrysostom. St. Paul the Apostle tell us: “If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. … So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies…” Roman 6:8, 11-12.
YEAR OF FAITH Christ is risen…and…He granted life! Christ has redeemed us from the clutches of sin and Hades, and has made it possible for mankind to share in the unending life of the Holy Trinity our God. “He surrendered Himself as a ransom to Death by which we were held captive, …Descending by the cross into Hades… He freed us from Death’s despair, and rose on the third day, preparing the way for the resurrection of all flesh from the dead.” (Anaphora of St. Basil). Christ died for our sins, but rose so that we might share in the life of God. We participate in the resurrection and in the divine life by receiving the Holy Spirit who is Creator and Giver of Life. The gift of divine life is given to us within the life of the Church, especially by means of the holy sacramental Mysteries (i.e., Sacraments).
Fr. Anthony Hernandez, Eparchy of Phoenix, Office of Religious Education.